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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Spring Fling" Provides Respite from Area Fires

During a historic week in which wildfires raged out of control all over West Texas, Roscoe’s Spring Fling on Saturday came as a welcome break for many local residents as well as those from surrounding communities—and, despite the presence of murky skies and the smell of smoke, especially early on before the winds died down, people came out and enjoyed themselves.

Skies were blue in the morning as the Roscoe Little League held its opening ceremonies at George Parks Field, but as the day progressed, the south winds picked up and saturated the area with smoke from the Wildcat fire in Coke County—just as the day before, the north winds had brought smoke and ash from the big fire west of Roby. 

Given the conditions, the fireworks show, one of the planned highlights for Spring Fling, was called off, but as afternoon progressed into evening, the strong winds went away, taking the smell of smoke with them.  By the time the featured band, the Tejas Brothers, replaced Lawless Flatz on the stage next to the Roscoe State Bank, conditions had improved considerably and stayed that way for the rest of the evening, allowing folks to enjoy themselves as they listened to some of the best music that’s been heard in these parts for a while.





The Abilene Reporter-News continues to provide informed updates on all the wildfires still out of control in the Big Country and surrounding area.  For more information, see their stories and photo galleries at  



At the Area Meet of Districts 9A and 10A in Hamlin last Thursday, two Plowboys and one Plowgirl did well enough to qualify for the Regional Meet at Elmer Gray Stadium on the ACU campus May 2-3. 

Caden Smith won two events, the Shot Put (54’7”) and the Discus Throw (153’4”), and came in second in another, the 110 Hurdles (16.02), while Austin Carrasco came in third in the 300 hurdles (43.88).

Jacinda Morales qualified in two events, finishing third in the 1600 meter run (6:02.93) and fourth in the 800 (2:30.28).

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